Ever since its creation, the cryptocurrency market has been the subject of routine regulatory interventions. The latest story surrounds Binance’s United States wing, Binance US, and its decision to move ahead with an IPO despite crackdowns from the financial sphere. Binance chief executive Changpeng Zhao said on Friday that the company’s move was built on the back of intense discussions and reworks.
CZ, as the CEO is more commonly called, made his comments at the virtual REDeFINE Tomorrow 20201 virtual meet on July 23. He did not shy away from answering questions about Binance’s situation with US regulators regarding alleged illegal trading activities on the platform. Binance and all of its affiliates will be ready to face any regulator in the future as well, said CZ. In his words:
“Binance US is looking at the IPO route. Most regulators are familiar with a certain pattern or having headquarters, having corporate structure. But we are setting up those structures to make it easier for an IPO to happen. We are now in the mindset of shifting from a tech startup to a financial service.”
The trading platform has come under fire earlier for not complying with frameworks set by lawmakers in the States. Even CZ admitted that the company had a need to localize compliance communications to make regulatory processes faster and more transparent. Binance US has hired former US Comptroller Brian Brooks as its CEO and to chart out new paths in terms of regulations and systematic ecosystem creation.
The creation of an IPO would allow outside investors to enter the cryptocurrency market in a traditional manner. Regulators have insisted that they want to ensure proper measures are taken before a cryptocurrency company enters the mainstream space and pockets. The United States CFTC has also played a key role in keeping the tabs on Binance and reports about the company’s dealings with US customers.